Extraordinary Women on Blue Plaques

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This International Women’s Day Leeds Civic Trust highlights the women celebrated on our blue plaques. Leeds is built on the success of women who have been instrumental in the development, enlightenment and prosperity of this city. From culture to education, activism to sport, these great women have paved the way for future generations. Often unsung […]

Airey Homes

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Airey Homes The 20th Century Society recently spent the weekend in Leeds and for me one of the great finds was a complete estate of mostly unaltered Airey houses in Oulton.    Designed and built after the Second World War by Sir Edwin Airey of Leeds, these prefabricated houses consist of concrete columns, reinforced with […]

Rainbow Plaques Launched!

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Rainbow Plaques Launched In anticipation of Leeds Pride 2018 we launched our Rainbow Plaque Trail on the 1st August which celebrates the rich history of LGBT+ icons and events in Leeds. Together with Leeds LGBT+ Hub and Leeds City Council, the Trust has erected 15 plaques across the city centre to celebrate the LGBT+ community […]

First White Cloth Hall – Back to its Former Glory

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First White Cloth Hall – Back to its Former Glory After years of neglect plans have been revealed to restore and revive Kirkgate’s First White Cloth Hall. The Cloth Hall owners, Rushbond, plan a sympathetic but striking redesign for the building, retaining and enhancing the archways, introducing a glass atrium and introducing a modern element […]